I have been on Ritalin LA (20mg) for about 9 months, mainly as an add-on for depression/apathy. Pretty regular in taking it everyday. I've noticed within a month, it wasn't doing nearly as much (as far as increased motivation/energy/better mood), although my focus/concentration is still very good. Also, despite eating a similar diet (taking it on same schedule), it works really inconsistently, like somedays it does nothing at all....
I just took a week-long break from it during vacation, and now that I've restarted, the effect is better again. Is this normal for everyone with stimulants? My doc doesn't want to increase my dose. Maybe I should just start taking my additional IR PRN everyday or take week-long breaks? I worry about tolerance...
Is IR taken twice per day more effective? I worry that if I just switch to IR dosing, i will feel a bit of a "crash" in between, it won't be as smooth...Any thoughts??
I'm currently taking Vyvanse, and I've heard that straight amphetamine-based stimulants like Adderall and Vyvanse can be stronger stimulants than the methylphenidate class like Ritalin, Concerta (Ritalin XR), and Focalin. I'm considering talking to my doctor about something more mild, and I'm looking at the methylphenidates as an option.
What I know about Adderall and Vyvanse is that there are differences. Even if Vyvanse is just the dextro- enantiomer of the amphetamine molecule. What I also know is that dextroamphetamine (along with lisdexamfetamine) has more of an effect on dopamine than levoamphetamine which is found mixed with dextroamphetamine in Adderall, and levoamphetamine has more of an effect on norepinephrine.
Are there similar differences between methylphenidate and dexmethylphenidate? Where one may effect a certain neurotransmitter more than the other would? I'm curious specifically about pharmacology differences and even the slightest differences in mechanism of action. Curious as to what anyone might have to say here.
Ritalin has been helping me quite a bit with focus/cognition and "staying power" to complete mental tasks....Unfortunately, sometimes, I feel like I get way too Hyperfocused on 1 thing that is not important and I cannot switch my attention back to the important task/tasks that I need to do!!
For example: i have a writing assignment due at work tomorrow (I have not started it) Instead, I come here and read way too many posts, then I start deeply researching online some other unrelated & obtuse topic and I just realized that I have wasted HOURS. I have totally procrastinated/avoided an obligation. Oh and also...very wierd, I'll write a long email to a friend, and then obsessively read it over & over & over again to make sure I didn't make a mistake!! Is that OCD or what?
I also have noticed that my thoughts have been a little more obsessive - like hyperfocused/stuck on one topic/idea and it's difficult to switch gears. Is this bad? I don't want to have to go off the med because I do feel like it has really helped me. Now, I'm a bit worried (I did take more IR today, so perhaps that is why I'm getting this side effect?) Maybe I should just stick with the extended & not the IR dosing.
Does anyone else find that the days you take your stimulant, you sleep like baby at night and wake up refreshed?
I'm so happy that I am finally getting restful and conistent sleep with the help of Adderall.
I take 10mg IR once in the morning and sometimes I take a second dose around lunch or dinner.
I was reading good article abut it. Let me get the link. It's from Tuck.com. If it's accurate information, it seems very informative.
From what I understand, RitalinSR is intermediate-acting (lasts up to 5 hours) where RitalinLA and Concerta are both longer-acting (like up to 8+ hours) Other than this, is there any other difference between the 2?
Do you feel different on each of them? For me, with RitalinSR, the effect was fairly quick, peak action within 2 hours, but would wear off usually within 4 hours. The good thing though, was that I would get tired in the afternoon/early evening and sleep really really well. If I were to go on Concerta, would it wreck my sleep schedule?